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- IF the weather forecasters are to be believed we're in for yet more torrential rain today. Here we'll keep you up-to-date with what's happening in Worcestershire.
- You can get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #rainWN or in the comment box below.
Few puddles and everyone goes nuts! Wow....a puddle! It's not like we have never seen one before! #rainWN— @MissEmmaMcGuire 22 November 2012
#rainWN better not affect evesham train station!!!!!!— @scary_moo_cow 22 November 2012
#rainWN M5 south running ok. Terrible spray though.— @johnwilsonWN 22 November 2012
Flooding on both sides of junction on St Marys Street with junction of Sansome Walk in Worcester slow down everyone! #rainWN— @knowlzy2012 22 November 2012
What a journey home! Never seen so much rain in Worcester - literally couldn't see a thing through the windscreen!! #rainWN— @REB_809 22 November 2012
Full round-up of today's weather in Worcestershire here.
Horrible journey home. Small river running down the B4084 into Pershore. Drive carefully #rainWN— @SarahDaviesWN 22 November 2012
Some big puddles on coming out of Oldbury Road/Henwick Road in St. Johns - drive carefully if you're going that way. #Worcester #rainWN— @nikki_btcc 22 November 2012
The AA has had its busiest day for flood-related call-outs in yesterday and commuters again suffered major disruption today.
RT @SarahDaviesWN: Reports from Evesham that the river is lapping at the gates of houses in Waterside #rainWN— @PaulSandars 22 November 2012
Diglis Lane, Worcester: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks
A44 Bromyard Road, St John's, Worcester: Temporary traffic lights and water main work, expect delays
M50 Gloucestershire: One lane closed and speed restriction of 40mph due to contraflow and long-term roadworks
New Street, Upton Upon Severn: Road closed due to flooding
Besford Bridge, Besford: Road closed due to flooding.
Woodbury Lane, Norton: Road closed due to flooding.
B4035 Waterside Evesham Town Centre: Road closed due to flooding.
B4084 High Street, Pershore: Road closed due to flooding.
B4080 Eckington: Road closed due to flooding.
B4206 Malvern Road, Worcester: Road blocked and slow traffic due to fallen tree.
A38 Tewkesbury: Just passable and delays expected due to fallen tree. Approach with care.
RT @DaveThroupEA: Loving the glamour of my media role this evening. @bbcmtd @bbchw Driving rain and gales at #evesham http://t.co/vhC2L1rF— @bbchw 22 November 2012
In a city council planning meeting at the Guildhall, rain is so hard the windows are literally shaking. Lightning just stuck too. #rainWN— @tomedwardsWN 22 November 2012
@worcscc: Reports of quite a few trees down on roads across W'shire. We're doing all we can. Please take care when out and about this evening.
It sure is wet and wild in Worcester #rainWN— @EasyVacancy 22 November 2012
Rain is getting louder. Sounds like boats, not cars, passing outside WN Towers!
I don't know what it's like in Worcester right now but it's absolutely HOOFING it down at Ombersley. Lots of cautious drivers #rainWN— @murraykelsoWN 22 November 2012
There are currently 76 flood warnings for rivers and more than 150 less serious flood alerts in place across England and Wales.
A38 Droitwich Spa: Slow traffic and partially blocked due to fallen tree.
Torrential rain in Malvern now #rainWN @worcesternews— @eaglesboy40 22 November 2012
#rainWN - Eckington road this morning, road closed. http://t.co/rHh69XTq— @JohnHancockcouk 22 November 2012
Out late night shopping? Pop in for a pint or a hot coffee and shelter from the wind and rain! #rainWN— @Pheasant_Worcs 22 November 2012
5:16pm Thu 22 Nov 12
Wish people would stop saying the Evesham bridges are closed, making people panic.
Met office weather video here
The whole city of Worcester is about to blow away in this gale! #windy #UKweather— @CainW1 22 November 2012
So Evesham is fairly wet then? Let's hope I don't get stranded in Worcester tonight!— @katelee13 22 November 2012
Cropthorne #rainWN http://t.co/1Q59MiHu— @dazbananas 22 November 2012
Fladbury #rainWN http://t.co/0iI2RiZN— @dazbananas 22 November 2012
From Worcestershire County Council:
There are a number of temporary road closures across Worcestershire in place due to flooding - Nov 22
- Pershore Bridge (B4084) - Closed
- Eckington Bridge - Closed
- Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury - Closed
- Woodbury Lane, Norton
- C2032 which turns into the Plough Road to Tiverton
- B4078 between Eckington and Bredon
- Brook Lane, Cropthorne
- Willersey Road, Badsey
- New Street, Upton-upon-Severn (Flood Gates in place)
- Waterside, Evesham
- Besford Bridge, Besford
- Hinton Village (Only road open is Haselor Lane)
We've just updated our temporary road closures Emergency Alert http://t.co/0zS6K2pH #floodaware @worcesternews @bbchw @wearefreeradio— @worcscc 22 November 2012
Extra staff on standby across W'shire this evening and overnight to deal with problems caused by rain and strong winds. http://t.co/hBSTvVUe— @worcscc 22 November 2012
All the latest on bus disruptions in W'shire available here. Updated as things happen. http://t.co/Sk4TjML5— @worcscc 22 November 2012
MT @severnrescue: Looks like our crews are going2have a long night dealing with more flooding issues.All are vols with fulltime jobs #rainWN— @SarahDaviesWN 22 November 2012
The latest traffic and travel news can also be found here.
How long will this grim weather last? Get the latest forecast here.
A flooded road at Himbleton. Posted to our Facebook page here.
"@ctfcevesham: Evesham park, looking towards the river http://t.co/yytDQ512" #rainWN— @SarahDaviesWN 22 November 2012
Gale force winds in Worcester. I look grim— @whygeorgia_ 22 November 2012
Reports from Evesham that the river is lapping at the gates of houses in Waterside #rainWN— @SarahDaviesWN 22 November 2012
Fields near Offenham. Posted to our Facebook page here.
The entrance to a caravan park at Offenham. Posted to the Worcester News Facebook page here.
Nightfall has descended on Worcester rather earlier than usual. Thank goodness my customers came in this morning. Everyone scurrying home.— @judithow11 22 November 2012
If the rain stays as patchy as this I suspect it'll be the wind that causes most problems today. It's mental out there #rainWN— @murraykelsoWN 22 November 2012
Comment from Graham Scaife on the Malvern Gazette Facebook page here:
OMG! What is wrong with people these days? We have a bit of wind and rain and the schools close early! We had severe weather back in the seventies when I was at school and I don't recall EVER being sent home early because it was wet and windy. We are raising a generation of wimps. Imagine them at work in years to come, they'll be up and heading home as soon as a few drops appear on the window!
Stay safe during flooding: keep away from swollen rivers and do not drive through floodwater #floodaware More here: http://t.co/deDtvHHF— @EnvAgency 22 November 2012
A decision to allow a ship to set sail across the English Channel in high winds with hundreds of live sheep on board was condemned as "barbaric" by the RSPCA.
The vessel, MV Joline, set off from the Port of Ramsgate in Kent laden with two lorry loads of sheep, but it had to abort its crossing and turn back to the UK due to the weather.
More wet weather is forecast across the country on Saturday and Sunday, with the possibility of further significant disruption as a result of flooding.
STRANDED: The road underwater at Eckington bridge, near Pershore.
CLOSED: Impassable road at Waterside, Evesham.
#rainWN Clever little interactive flooding map: http://t.co/GimGDHZH— @worcesternews 22 November 2012
National update: The Met Office has said some areas could see up to 60mm (5ins) of rain falling on already saturated ground, which could lead to further river and surface water flooding.
Much of the UK is also facing winds of up to 50-60mph, and even gusts of up to 70mph in exposed western areas, which could worsen surface water flooding as drains are blocked by wind-blown leaves and debris.
There are currently 76 flood warnings for rivers and more than 150 less serious flood alerts in place across England and Wales, with the majority of areas at risk in south west England and the Midlands.
The Environment Agency urged people in affected areas, including Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Torbay, Plymouth, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, to keep up to date with the latest warnings.
The Safer Roads Partnership and West Mercia Police are advising motorists that if driving through larger puddles or smaller areas of standing water drive slowly and steadily, allow oncoming traffic to pass and always test your brakes after leaving the water.
If water has flooded across a section of road it may be difficult to tell exactly how deep it is.
If you do come across a road that is flooded DO NOT attempt to drive through the flood water.
There have already been reports locally of motorists ignoring road closures that are in place - this not only has the potential to put yourself in danger and other people; it could also damage your vehicle; as little as an egg cup of water entering your engine is enough to wreck it.
Yellow Alert of Rain for West Midlands : Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mi... http://t.co/cGQKIuFY #WM4x4R— @WM4x4R 22 November 2012
High winds. Dark Skies. Looming sense of dread about the journey home tonight. #rainWN— @johnwilsonWN 22 November 2012
RT @severnrescue: We have several of our teams already deployed with others on standby if required #floodaware— @SARASharpness 22 November 2012
Safe to say the Worcester area is wet !!— @DannyKimber 22 November 2012
Flooding in Evesham. A driver gets caught out (pic courtesy of the Environment Agency).
Very high levels on River Avon at Evesham #worcestershire Still rising slowly. @farsondigital http://t.co/iWuJysHG— @DaveThroupEA 22 November 2012
(Some) County schools to close early.